An evening with the NHT

NHT team members marched with a band to the Mandeville branch to begin the celebration. (Photos: Carl Levy)

MANDEVILLE, Manchester — In 1976 the Government of Jamaica established the National Housing Trust (NHT). Through a compulsory savings scheme, the mission was to give primarily low-income workers a better chance of owning a home. Today, the NHT says it is still committed to that task. The or ... Read More

BMR Wind Jamaica plans to replace this makeshift ramp to help wheelchair users at the  centre in Santa Cruz BMR reaches out to centre for disabled children
SANTA CRUZ, St Elizabeth —The nondescript house at 40 Institution Drive, close to the St Eliza ... Read More

Brand manager for main sponsor Lucozade, Jodi-Ann Wright (right) handing over a cheque to the event organisers. From left are chairman of the High Mountain Road Race Committee John O Minott Jr, meet director Maurice Westney and managing director of Jamaica Standard products John O Minott Sr. (Photo: Peter Cockett) High Mountain with a twist
MANDEVILLE, Manchester — The annual High Mountain Coffee Road Race in Williamsfield, Mancheste ... Read More

A system of packed stones has been used to protect Oswald’s Restaurant at Alligator Pond. (Photo: Carl Levy) Manchester PDC moves to save Alligator Pond from beach erosion
ALLIGATOR POND, Manchester — Destructive beach erosion has been affecting this quaint fishing ... Read More

PHOTO: Family gift

Monday, January 16, 2017    


Members of the Calder Bateman family from Schoolfield, St Elizabeth, recently presented medical sundries to the female ward of the Mandeville Regional Hospital. Family members said the gift was an expression of their “wholehearted appreciation for the meticulous care” given to their late mother and grandmother, Gloria Calder Bateman, who died in early 2015. Photo shows CEO of the Mandeville Regional Hospital Alwin Miller accepting the gift package from Kadia Calder, a granddaughter o ... Read More

Cricket gift!

Monday, January 16, 2017    

Photo: Ainsley Clarke

Defending schoolboy cricket champions St Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS) last week received an assortment of new and used cricket gear from benefactors in England. The gift, which was presented to the STETHS cricket fraternity by Glendon Newsome of the STETHS p ast s tudents a ssociation, came from Jamaican Vincent Lindo, who has lived in England for more than 50 years, and his friend, sports goods supplier, Gary Stanyer. From left are: Newsome; principal of STETHS Keith Wellington; ST ... Read More

For Your Diary

Monday, January 16, 2017    

A diary

Sunday, January 22 Girl Guides Association of Jamaica 100th Anniversary Church Service for Brownie Guides Mandeville Parish Church Manchester 10:00 am West Indies Cricket Council for the Blind and Visually Impaired Cricket Match Comfort Playfield Manchester 11:00 am Thursday, January 26 Striping and Awards Ceremony for Nursing Students Cobbla Campus Knox Community College Manchester 2:00 pm Sunday, January 29 Jamaica Standard Products Annual High Mountain Coffee ... Read More

Two new ITA offices to be built

Saturday, January 14, 2017    

Minister of Transport and Mining Mike Henry pilots
the Caribbean Maritime University (CMU) Bill 2016 in the House of
Representatives on Tuesday, January 10.
Seated at left is Minister of Tourism Edmund Bartlett. (Photo: JIS)

Two new Island Traffic Authority (ITA) offices are to be built in May Pen, Clarendon, and Savanna-la Mar, Westmoreland. Transport and Mining Minister Mike Henry also indicated that improvements and upgrades are to be made to existing ITA facilities across the island. “I am meeting with the Island Traffic Authority at the management level, on the ground, to discuss with them their facilities and how we can improve them,” Henry told JIS News Wednesday at the launch of the pilot of ... Read More

‘Get families right, get Jamaica right,’ Manchester residents told

Monday, January 02, 2017    

Awardees at the Social Development Commission function.

MANDEVILLE, Manchester — Head of the Community Safety and Security Branch at the Manchester Police Division, Deputy Superintendent of Police Marlene Bailey, believes that the demonstration of unity within communities reflects civic pride, which should start in the home. “I was raised to believe that we all have a civic duty and responsibility as Jamaicans to improve our communities, neighbourhoods and our nation,” she said, while adding: “We must realise that the first c ... Read More

Porus Primary Parenting Club celebrates 16 years

Monday, January 02, 2017    

Members of the parenting club performing a medley of songs.

PORUS, Manchester- The parenting club at the Porus Primary School celebrated its 16th anniversary recently. Parents and teachers were awarded with plaques, medals and gift baskets for their contribution to the development of the school. Members of the parenting club rendered a medley of folk songs, which was well received by the audience. An anniversary cake was also cut for the occasion. Deputy chief education officer in the Ministry of Education Youth and Information, Dorrett Campbell, joi ... Read More

Hand in hand

Monday, January 02, 2017    

Members of the Manchester Chamber of Commerce executive at a meeting with the Manchester police recently. From left are president of the chamber of commerce, Garfield Green, and other executive members Doreth Jones, Stuart Barnes and Olivia Campbell.

MANDEVILLE, Manchester - The leadership of the Manchester police and the executive of the Manchester Chamber of Commerce (MCC) met recently to discuss a range of issues related to law and order in the parish and to reaffirm long-standing cooperation. Divisional commander for the Manchester Police Division, Superintendent Wayne Cameron thanked the chamber of Commerce for their help over the years and for “continuing pledges of support in 2017”. Cameron said the police were committed ... Read More

Stay awake!

Monday, January 02, 2017    

Suffragan bishop of Montego Bay, the Right Reverend Leon Golding addressing the Eucharistic Church Service (Photo: Alicia Sutherland)

MANDEVILLE, Manchester - The end of 2016 marked the closure of bicentenary celebrations for the St Mark, Mandeville Parish Church. The schedule of celebratory events was closed off recently with a Eucharistic Church Service. Visiting suffragan bishop of Montego Bay, the Right Reverend Leon Golding, told the St Mark parishioners that 200 years in the life of a church requires reflection, repentance, recommitment and renewal. He said that the year-long activities should have re-energised them f ... Read More

Health staff should get more recognition - says regional administrator

Monday, January 02, 2017    

Member of the Mandeville Regional Hospital Management Committee, John Minott, presents a special award to Rosemarie Ancel for going above and beyond the call of duty to assist a colleague at the Mandeville Regional Hospital’s 11th staff awards and appreciation ceremony recently. (Photos: SRHA)

MANDEVILLE, Manchester – Regional Director of the Southern Regional Health Authority (SRHA) Michael Bent wants Jamaicans to show greater appreciation for the work and sacrifices of health workers. “Many times the workers in the public health sector in Jamaica are not given the level of recognition that they deserve. Many persons take the public health service for granted,” Bent told a Mandeville Regional Hospital awards ceremony recently. Bent said that despite severe resou ... Read More

Former journalist, Mark Dawes takes on ministry at Emmanuel

Monday, January 02, 2017    

The Emmanuel choir doing a musical rendition

MANDEVILLE, Manchester - Former journalist Mark Dawes is now the new pastor of the Emmanuel Missionary Church here. He was recently officially installed and is leading an approximately 200-member-strong congregation. Dawes reportedly had a “call on his life” from the age of 16 to pursue theological education. True to his aspiration, he did some early studies at the Jamaica Theological Seminary, however, upon entering the world of work, he went into journalism and spent 18 years at ... Read More



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